BE FEARLESS IN PURSUIT OF YOUR DREAMS: 5 STEPS TO TAKE
Be fearless in pursuit of your dreams
5 Steps to Take
1. BE FEARLESS TO ACCEPT YOUR DREAM
You’ll never face something you don’t accept. If you want to be a writer, an artist, a doctor, etc. then you have to feel it and accept the things you can do that made you think you can be one.
Calling myself a writer brings a cringe feeling, even the thought of it. But I know I have to face my fear. I have one journal entry back on April 21, 2011 with a title, “The Writer on the Rise”. Seemed with a goal to start my writing career. I wrote…
I’m trying to recall my kindergarten days. Yes, I was Valedictorian in my class. That was something for me – being first at 6. I did something that made me first. I was unafraid to explore. I was confident of what I could do. I was independent, without much help from my mother.
But now that I’m 27, what’s stopping me from even attempting to do exceptional things? What’s hindering me to write? I stopped thinking like the child I was at 6. Now I gauge every risk at hand and every time I think of the word writer, I feel a shiver down my spine. I must be crazy…
What am I going to write anyway? What for? I don’t know how to start but I read an article that to become a writer, I must write 6 hours a day. With a full-time job, how to do that?
… the first thing I can do is to accept I can write. Everybody has a gift and maybe I’m more into writing. A gift I’m scared to open but if it’s a gift, no matter how I try to hide it, it will open in its time.
I want to open it now. I should open it now. I have one life to live. I accept my gift and I want to use it for the purpose God has called me for.
Paulo Coelho and Nelson Mandela are so right in saying that we are afraid to bring out that greatness in us. We are afraid that we could become one. …
That’s how I write things in my journal – asking questions, jumping from one idea to another, doubting myself, then encouraging myself again. There were even times that first part would be so depressing, then followed by all the splendid things in life. Angry then peace of mind. Doubtful then with faith. I think that’s one benefit of journaling. You can pour out your heart without considering how your writing goes, and as you do – your mind becomes clearer and gives you a better perspective of things.
Most of my journals start with, “Dear Father…” where I write my deepest thoughts, my sharing time with God. I know I can just pray, but when I write it – I feel I “documented” it, an assurance that I really prayed for it. Something like that.
Last year, 2019, I’ve subscribed to Day One, a digital journal/a personal journaling app. An excellent move for a touch typist like me. Journaling has never been easier. I could just go on and on before realizing that my entry has already reached 2000+ words. Day One is free but if you want to enjoy more features, better subscribe.
2. BE FEARLESS TO OPEN AND USE YOUR GIFTS, TALENTS AND SKILLS
I tried “opening my writing gift” in 2011, but I didn’t take any action after. I just continued with journaling though. The next challenge a dreamer has to face is to take action.
After identifying the dream and accepting it, the dreamer puts it off to another day, month and even years. So the gifts, talents and skills remain stalled, thinking, “Someday I’d be fearless to use my gift.” That’s where waiting doesn’t apply. But if you use waiting as a time to hone your gift, making opportunities for it to grow then you’re maximizing your waiting period.
Use your gifts, talents and skills whenever you can with or without pay. Don’t wait for the right time. You can have it first as a hobby before committing to it full-time. Or you can just have it as part of your everyday routine. Keep opening and using them!
MY FIRST EVER JOURNAL
I started journaling in 2004 when a dear friend, Nichelle, gave me my first ever journal. So I’ve been journaling for 16 years, and only this 2020 that I’ve started blogging and sharing some of my writings with you. I’m getting closer to my dream as a writer – publicly, if I may say it that way. I’m glad that I now have my slight space in the digital world.
My collection of journals grew. My desire to write also keeps growing. Writing is my outlet. As long as I have a pen, a notepad, a laptop~ I’m all good. I know for writing skills, I still need to develop lots of things. But no one starts out of perfection, it’s always from small, consistent steps with challenges along the way.
I read Mandela’s speech every time I doubt myself and feel insignificant.
INAGAURAL SPEECH BY NELSON MANDELA
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
With this speech, we’re running out of excuses not to do what we ought to do. So let’s apply Mandela’s speech (for numbers 3 to 5).
3. BE FEARLESS TO BE BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS, TALENTED AND FABULOUS
The most common fear we have is the fear of failure, but Mandela’s suggesting the opposite that our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. What if you indeed become successful with your dream and fulfill it, does that scare you more? Are you afraid to bring out that greatness in you?
You know that you’re brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous but you choose to play small, to shrink so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You’re not doing yourself a favor and even adding to the number of casualties of “people going to their graves with their music still inside them.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
When you choose to be average so people get comfortable around you, that my friend is the start of letting your dream die. But when you choose to be a dreamer, fearless and passionate, now you’re one of the reasons why this world is pulsating with creativity and talents.
4. BE FEARLESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GLORY OF GOD THAT IS WITHIN YOU
Mandela says, “The glory of God that is within us is not in some of us; it’s in everyone.”
Take note, IT’S IN EVERYONE! Everyone has gifts, talents and skills. If you use what you have, you are manifesting the glory of God that is within you.
The Parable of the Talents is a very good example of using or hiding your talents. The more you use it, the more it increases. But the more you hide it, the more you lose it.
1 Corinthians 12 teaches that we all have different gifts and there’s a purpose for that, so the “body” which we are all part of can function properly. So if one is not doing his/her part, the “body” suffers, gets sick and eventually dies. But if everyone is doing their part, no matter how big or small, the “body” becomes alive, healthy, brings more blessings to others, and above all brings glory to God.
5. BE FEARLESS TO LET YOUR OWN LIGHT SHINE
Mandela says, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ”
Letting our own light shine will not be trouble-free because life happens, there will be delays and disappointments. You might be following a very different path now, but always go back to your light, to your calling and let it shine. For…
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
TO MY FELLOW ASPIRING WRITERS
I know it’s scary to call ourselves ‘writers’. We won’t dare.
What do you do? Ehm…I write. So you’re a writer? Ah, not really, I just love journaling.
What do you do? I’m a teacher! I’m a doctor! I’m an engineer! I’m a writer?
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit when one writes (guilty). But whatever hesitations we have, may Mandela’s words speak straight to our hearts: As we let our own light shine through our writings, we unconsciously give other aspiring writers permission to do the same.